The Sea Cadet program in Kitimat restarted in November 2013 after having been closed for over a year. The cadet unit had 13 cadets in November and the number was down to 9 at the final parade of the year in June. Captain Rob Buller spoke in the spring to youth interested in the program to find out what they wanted from a cadet program in Kitimat.
The overwhelming response was Army. Approximately 30 youth said they were interested in the program but only if it was an army element program. The Kitimat area is a great place for conducting outdoor adventure training that the Army Cadet program is based on. To go sailing our cadets needed to go to the lower mainland where the equipment is. To go practice survival skills we can take a short walk in almost any direction!
Permission has been granted by the Regional Cadet Support Unit (RCSU) in Victoria for the unit to immediately begin instructing the army cadet program and order army cadet uniforms. The army program still focuses on Leadership, Citizenship and Physical Fitness however instead of sailing and other nautical topics it is geared towards outdoor adventure training which combines mountain biking, canoeing and navigational skills.
If successful in attracting new cadets, the unit will look to officially change to army in the New Year.
Currently the corps has 20 cadets signed up for the army program, that’s double what the unit ended with last year. The Navy League of Kitimat will continue to fundraise for the cadets of Kitimat
The mission of the Cadet Program is to contribute to the development and preparation of youth for the transition to adulthood, enabling them to meet the challenges of modern society, through a dynamic, community-based program.
To join, youth must be between the ages of 12-18 and they can come to the cadet building at 160 Konigus on Tuesday’s at 7pm. A parent must come to sign the enrollment forms. For more information parents or cadets can visit www.kitimatcadets.com
or the national website www.cadets.ca
The program is free and the uniform is provided.